Sibs Each Win $1M Lotto Tix at Same L.I. Gas Station

By Mariel Smith
|  Thursday, May 6, 2010  |  Updated 11:16 AM EDT
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Sibs Each Win $1M Lotto Tix at Same L.I. Gas Station

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Luck runs deep in this family.

A brother and sister each won $1 million lottery tickets two years apart from each other at the same Long Island gas station, reported the New York Post.

While visiting her parents on March 1, Cindy Altunis, a Manhattan party planner, won $1 million after she bought a "$500,000,000 Extravaganza" scratch-off ticket at the Norwich Service Station in East Norwich.

She will receive an annual installment of $33,015 in a check for the next 20 years and plans to give money to her church and pay for her parents' vacations, reported The Post

Altunis credits her mother as a "good-luck charm" for both her and her brother Kenan's winning streak.

"She's the common denominator," Altunis told The Post at yesterday's press lottery conference.

In October 2008, Kenan Altunis, a banker currently living in London, England was visiting the states when he told his mother to buy $100 worth of lottery tickets at the gas station.

Upon arriving back to London, Kenan got word from his mother that he struck gold after winning the "$1 Million For Life" prize. His reward is $930,000 a year because he lives across the pond and does not have to pay the federal tax, reported The Post.

The Altunis siblings' luck must have rubbed off at the Norwich Service Station because six months later, Sandeep "Sandy" Sharma, the employee who sold Kenan's ticket won $1 million himself when he purchased a Monopoly scratch-off ticket.

After working at other stores, Gogi Singh who worked at the gas station yesterday said he has "never seen a store like this."

"It's easy for people here," Singh told The Post." They win $500, $5,000 all the time."
 

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